Patriot Triathlon


 September 14, 2019 - 7:30 A.M.

 Rio Rancho Aquatic Center


 Pre-race-Patriot-108This race is staged in honor of our fire, military, police  and EMS personnel who on a daily basis make our lives safer and better!!     


Due to a safety concern, with another event in the vicinity, we have decided to change the race start time to 7:30 AM. Transition will now open at 5:30 AM.

 You can update your swim time by logging into your account.  It is best to have an accurate time within 10 seconds.  A time like 8:45 will help us to place you and help with pool congestion. Click Here for directions on how to update your time.


Thank you for participating in this event! There will also kids event the night before.  You can register your kids at 

Here is information for this year’s race:

 HOW TO GET TO THE RACE:  The address is 745 Loma Colorado Dr NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124

PACKET PICKUP – is Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 3:00PM-7:00PM, at Sport Systems 6915 Montgomery Blvd, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109.  (505) 837-9400 if you need directions. You can also pick up your packet from 6AM-7:30AM on race day at the race venue


 You must bring a valid photo ID to pick up your packet. Most of the USAT Memberships have been validated, but a few have not, so please have your USAT ID handy to show if you are asked.  If you do not have it on you, and we have not been able to verify your membership, you will be asked to pay a One-Day License Fee.  

THIS IS A USAT SANCTIONED AND OFFICIATED EVENT – Please review the USAT Most Commonly Violated Rules.  Please remember NO iPods or Headphones of any kind allowed on the race course.  You must have an ANSI approve helmet (if purchased in the US in the last 10 years you do).  From the moment you enter the race site until when you leave if you are on your bike you MUST have your helmet on and buckled. 

TRANSITION AREA OPENS AT 5:30 A.M. and closes at 7:00 A.M.  All athletes should have their bikes racked and equipment ready to go by 7:00 AM.  

SWIM is the first leg of the race.  It is an indoor heated pool.  8 lanes, 25 yards each – serpentine swim 2 lengths in each lane. You can update your swim time by logging into your account. 

PARKING There is parking at the Loma Colorado Park or you can park on the east side of Loma Colorado Blvd (neighborhood side).



THURSDAY, September 12th  

3:00 – 7:00 p.m. – PACKET PICK UP at Sport Systems 

FRIDAY, September 13th

4-5:30 pm Packet Pick-up at Rio Rancho Aquatic Center

4pm – Kids Event Transition open

6 pm – Kids Event Start

SATURDAY – September 14th

5:30 am – Transition Area Opens; Packet pickup, chip pick up, body marking. 

7:00 am – Transition Area Closes, MANDITORY ATHLETE MEETING – where you will get course instruction and updates.

7:15 am – National Anthem

7:30 am – First Swimmer In



Don’t forget to thank the Volunteers -

They are working hard to make your day better!


THANK YOU all again – for being part of this event!!  I look forward to meeting all of you!





Swim: Pool swim – 8 lanes, 25 yard each – serpentine swim 2 lengths in each lane. Swim will be seeded fastest to slowest start. See Swim schematic here.  Swim-Patriot-44

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU ACTUALLY TIME YOUR 400 YARD SWIM TIME PRIOR TO RACE DAY.  If you are not sure what your time is when you register, you may put your best guess.  You may update your swim time up until September 8, 2018, by contacting the race director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bike: Out-and back course – 12.8 miles (25 K) on hilly terrain, to the Rio Rancho City Center, then back. Course is on paved roads that are not closed to traffic. There will be police & volunteer support at all major intersections. There will be one aid station on the bike course at the turn around point and there will be a sag wagon on the course.  Bicycle-Patriot-374

Run: 5 K (3.1 miles) – either downhill or uphill on the entire course – no flat. The run is half on pavement and half cross country on dirt/sandy road. There will be one aid station approximately 1.5 miles into the run.


(If you are unable to download the route maps, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

This is a USA Triathlon sanctioned and officiated event, and all USAT rules and regulations apply. For a complete list of the rules go to You must be a USAT Member OR pay the $15 (per person) one-day membership fee to participate in this race. ($10.00 for Juniors and kids).

Would you or your civic-minded group like to volunteer to work at the race? WE NEED YOU! Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

MAP – Transition Area – Pat Tri


  Early Bird Regular LATE
Dates Through June 30, 2019 July 1 – Sept 10,  2019 Sept 11-14,  2019** 
Individual Adult $55 $75 $115
Individual Junior $40 $50 $70
Individual Hero* $40 $50 $70
TEAMS – Adults $130 $160 $220
HERO TEAMS* $90 $130 $160
Team Junior (all under 18) $75 $100 $125

** Late registrations must be hand delivered

You must be a current USAT Member of the USAT or pay an additional $15.00 one-day license fee (or purchase an annual membership for $50).    Junior Fee (Under 18 years old)  is $10 and is an Annual License.

On-line Registration closes at 11:00 a.m. MST on September 10, 2019. Registrations taken after that time will be charged a late fee and must be hand-delivered to Saturday Warriors. 



Packet Pickup Information

**In order to pickup your race packet you MUST have a valid photo ID AND a Current USA Triathlon card for verification, unless you paid for a one day USAT license.

**EACH participant must pick up their own packet. You can not pick up another participants packet for them, including teams.**

Participant shirt sizes are not guaranteed. In order to get the shirt size you want, please arrive early to packet pickup.

 Additional Information

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the transition area schematic.

In the case of inclement weather or other concerns for participant safety on the course, the race may be postponed or modified.    This could include shortening the race, postponing the start, or eliminating one leg of the race.   In these instance the Race Directors will do everything in their power to make the race as close to the original distances and times.   A race that is modified does not qualify as a cancellation, please see the cancellation policy below. 


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Refund Policy

REFUNDS are not given for a Saturday Warriors event.  If you register and do not attend the event for any reason, your race fee is forfeited.  This includes illness, injury, inclement weather or any Act of God. 

Race TRANSFERS from one athlete to another are only allowed if the race is sold out, and must be approved by the race director at least one week in advance of the race date.   All required new athlete information must be received by the Race Director at least one week in advance.

If the race is CANCELLED by the Promoter for any reason, those who were registered will get a free transfer to the next year’s race.